Cincinnati: Here I sit at Gate B9 two hours early. Baggage check and security went quickly and now I just sit and wait. I’m scared and excited, equal amounts of each. This is the greatest adventure I have ever been on. We figured out last night that it will be daylight the entire trip and will include crossing over the International Date Line! I leave around 10:30 for Detroit where I will meet Jody. She will be arriving about an hour after me. I’m committed to absolutely no thoughts of work or worries about anything, just heading to see Andy.
Leaving Detroit ended up being delayed because some party boys got drunk and threw up as soon as they got on the plane. The cleaning crew had to come on board and clean the mess while the passenger’s were removed from the flight along with their luggage.
During the flight to Tokyo, the third person in our row was a lady from Grand Rapids, Michigan who was traveling to Beijing to visit her family. She was a great companion for us especially since she was sitting in the aisle seat and we had to ask her to get up whenever we went to the restroom and needed something from the overhead compartment. We were also able to get several hours of sleep.
Tokyo: Needless to say, we were late arriving in Japan and the last thing I wanted was to miss the flight to Bangkok. Luckily there were many people on our flight with the same connection. We had to go through another security check and rush to our gate. Now, here we sit in the most comfortable plane of the day, with electrical outlets under out seat, swiveling TV’s above our sliding tray tables, and nice sized seats with adjustable headrests that fold out to support your head. NICE!
And this is the last leg of the trip. Actually Days 1 and 2 but I’m just calling it Day 1. The second flight (12 hours from Detroit to Tokyo) wasn’t as excruciating as I expected. And this 7 hour flight isn’t so bad because I know at the end of it I will see Andy.
We arrived on time, got through customs and found Andy quickly. He had met a person at the airport that told him about her place to stay.
Our first night we stayed at “Baan Krittaya Resort” which was about five minutes from the airport. They provided the cab ride from the hotel and then the next day to the bus station. We went to our room to freshen up. It was nice enough with one large bed for us all to sleep in and a bathroom with the shower just in the room. Cost for the night was 800 baht with a 200 baht key deposit ($20 US Dollars total).